Can I create two cursor placeholders?

Audacity 2.2.2 on High Sierra

I have been using audacity in very limited capacity and know next to nothing about audio editing, so please forgive my complete ignorance of even the most basic things.

Currently, I am working on a project that requires me to listen to voice-only tracks of varying lengths. I know how to place the cursor in the track to mark a place I want to start editing something (my edits are pretty much just deleting sections). But I can’t see how to place a second marker as the audio is running.

If I want to delete a segment within a track, it would be super helpful to be able to place a start and end cursor. Is this possible?

Audacity doesn’t have “markers.” However, we do have Labels. You can place labels anywhere, title them and they become sticky or magnetic. You can also label a region.


Can add labels while Audacity is running …

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Can insert boundaries, but not while it’s running …


While audio is playing, press the “[” key to mark the start of a selection; press the “]” key to mark the end of a selection.

You can then tweak the start and end points after you stop playing.

– Bill

Oh, wow! I just saw this. This is so helpful to have the visual. Thank you so much!! I will take a harder look when I have time to follow the steps but I really appreciate this.

See this page on labels in the Audacity Manual: